Course Meeting Times

Seminar: 1 session / week, 2 hours / session


There are no prerequisites for this course.

Course Description

The participants in this seminar will dive into learning basic conversational Italian, Italian culture, and the Mediterranean diet. Each class is based on the preparation of a delicious dish and on the bite-sized acquisition of parts of the Italian language and culture.  A good diet is not based on recipes only, it is also rooted in healthy habits and in culture. At the end of the seminar the participants will be able to cook some healthy and tasty recipes and to understand and speak basic Italian.

Class Blog

Dr. Rebusco documented the class on a blog so that others interested the course could follow along. Visit the Speak Italian With Your Mouth Full blog.


  • Attendance (no more than three excused absences for the term)
  • Ask questions and participate in the conversations
  • Do the assignments: reading, writing, cooking, and in-class assignments
  • Make the final exam dinner

This is a 6 unit pass/fail seminar. No textbook is required.

 About the Experimental Study Group

The Experimental Study Group (ESG) is one of four freshmen learning communities at MIT. It provides students with the opportunity to take their required courses in small seminar-style classes, instead of in large lecture halls. In addition to offering a comprehensive academic program for freshmen, ESG also provides a place where students and staff can study and socialize together. Each year, about 50 freshmen, 15 sophomores, 10 staff members, and 20 upper class instructors (who have been in ESG as freshmen) participate in the program. Staff members are drawn from MIT's Departments of Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics, Biology, and the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences. Activities such as weekly luncheons and weekend trips facilitate interaction among community members.